Feb 15. 1826. Day that I came into the world
From October 1, 1857 to Novem-
ber 5 (inclusive) 1858
Thomas Butler Gunn
132 Bleecker Street. N.Y.
If this book, or any of its companions ever pass
out of the writers possession by accident, he desires
it or their return. If they be read by any eye du-
ring his own life, which he does not desire � perhaps
not afterwards � he requests any reader whose curio-
sity seduces him to that unjust action to consider
that this record has been kept, not from any mean wish
to collect scandal and tattle, not from any miserable
idea that he, the writer, shines as a hero in it; but,
simply that it may aid him in the study of Human
Nature. Nowhere does he consider it�s hasty jottings
infallible, being well aware that his own shortcomings
and perversities must produce occasional misconception.
Hence much mischief and, perhaps, cruel injustice,
might follow exposure.